There are few vegetables more versatile than the humble potato. Despite being delicious fried, baked, or boiled, the root vegetable rarely gets the praise it deserves. The environmentally friendly food crop has played a huge role in our development, but rarely do we give our starchy friend a second thought.
A new initiative from the UN Food and Agriculture organization aims to change all that. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are officially living in the International Year of the Potato. The initiative attempts to highlight the importance of the potato and promote potato research and development.
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The last time I did any potato research it was jamming some toothpicks in a spud and suspending it over a glass of water. Nonetheless, in the spirit of the International Year of the Potato here are some interesting facts about this king of tubers.